MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre acknowledged umpire Dane DeMuth’s mistake in awarding Billy Butler a home run in Kansas City last night, but because the Yankees declined to file a protest, the matter is over with.
DeMuth got the Kauffman Stadium ground rules wrong in giving Butler a homer in the Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
“There really was a misunderstanding about what the ground rule represented,” Torre said. “The cushion and the little screen and railing are in the ballpark. I talked to Dana DeMuth, and obviously last night from what went on, he was very sure that that ball was a home run because it hit that back fence, which he thought was out of the park.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t protest the game after the incident. He said he believed DeMuth’s interpretation that it was a homer.
DeMuth has yet to comment, but Torre said he would be made available to the media on Friday.